Indigenous Perspectives Society

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Surfrider 2017 EcoStar Awards Finalist

Indigenous Perspective Society (IPS) is proud to have been a finalist in the 2017 Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards in the Greenest Office category.

IPS has a zero-waste policy, which means we compost and recycle everything we can. The IPS team cares deeply about being mindful of our impact on our natural environment and employs best practices for our society’s sustainability. We are always looking at ways to conserve power, decrease emissions, support well-being, and we do our best to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink!

The Surfrider EcoStar Awards awards recognize outstanding environmental achievements and leadership by businesses, organizations and individuals. These awards are given to local champions of initiatives, projects and innovations that contribute to a vibrant future in which our communities and ecology both prosper.

For more information about the awards and to see a listing of all the outstanding organizations that Join Indigenous Perspectives Society on the Finalists list visit: http://ecostarawards.com/FINALISTS.php

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Indigenous Perspectives Society Wins Best First Nations Business!

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is proud to be the winner of the Best of the West Shore Award for Best First Nations Business. Winners were announced On October 26, 2017 at the awards dinner hosted by the WestShore Chamber of Commerce and sponsors at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort Community.

Nominated for the second year in a row, winning this year is inspiring for the IPS team.

Indigenous Perspectives Society thanks everyone who voted for us. We appreciate your participation and support!

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IPS staff pictured from Left to right: Elaine Zamardi, Kelly Legge, Melissa Barnhard, Rachelle Dallaire, and Alesha Doran.

IPS & NFB Wide Awake present the Victoria Premiere of Birth of a Family

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Birth of a Family Media Release – Aug 21, 2017

VICTORIA – Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is hosting the Victoria Premiere screening of Birth of a Family, as part of Aabiziingwashi (WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour.

“We grew up in white homes, speaking only English and with no connection to our people or our culture. Though we were loved, we were outsiders in families that had grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins that were not ours.” Betty Ann Adam.

When is a family reunion not a reunion?  When your family has never met.

Birth of a Family Trailer https://vimeo.com/206479691

September 21, 2017

Doors at 6:30 pm, Film at 7 pm

The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St.

Tickets by donation ($10 suggested)

This special evening of thought provoking film launches a new fundraising campaign to help Indigenous Perspectives Society support delivering capacity building training underfunded communities and organizations.

“We have communities and organizations throughout BC and across Canada that cannot afford the training they need,” said IPS Associate Director Rachelle Dallaire. “We get a lot of requests from front line service providers and communities wanting to make positive changes, but they do not have the budget to support their learning needs. Our motto is creating excellence through training and leadership, and that is exactly what we hope to do with the funds generated from this campaign.”

Support Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Creating Excellence through Training and Leadership fundraising campaign at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/indigenous-perspectives-society/creating-excellence/

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is a charitable and not-for-profit social enterprise that offers training programs and services that help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination. By creating excellence through training and leadership, we help strengthen lives and build successful relationships in our communities.

Beginning with a focus on Indigenous child and family service delivery through the     CARF International accredited Aboriginal Social Work training series, IPS has grown to include Cultural Perspectives Training, Adoption Online, Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous People, and more. By creating excellence though training and leadership, IPS has been supporting communities throughout British Columbia and across Canada for more than 22 years.

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Media Contacts:

Rachelle Dallaire, Associate Director, 250 391-0007

Alesha Doran, Business Development Coordinator, 250 857-4962

Learn How To Help Tell Their Story – Gladue Report Training

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Gladue Media Release – Aug 17, 2017

VICTORIA – To support the ongoing development of holistic approaches to criminal justice in Canada, Indigenous Perspectives Society has developed Gladue Report Training in collaborative partnership with Dr. Jane Dickson, Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

“Indigenous peoples are over-represented in Canada’s criminal justice system due to socio-economic factors arising from intergenerational trauma caused by colonization, including being displaced from their lands, their resources, and the residential school system,” said Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Associate Director Rachelle Dallaire. “With our work in both urban and rural communities, we (Indigenous Perspectives Society) saw the need for well-trained Gladue Report writers to help grow the use of holistic approaches to criminal justice. Gladue Report Training provides the opportunity to employ writers in helping tell the stories of why and how people become involved with the system. Using the Gladue Report process, sentencing can be improved with courts understanding the root causes of behavior.”

Dr. Dickson is a highly-respected scholar and researcher in the area of Indigenous people and criminal justice. She has authored more than 70 Gladue reports and was the evaluator of Legal Aid Saskatchewan’s Gladue Pilot Project. She has advised Cree Nation Government (Quebec) on justice matters and has provided community-based Gladue training to Cree and other Indigenous communities for more than 20 years. Dr. Dickson’s partnership with IPS is a natural extension of her work in communities and at Carleton, where she also offers advanced Gladue training at the graduate level in legal studies and conflict resolution.

“To achieve the remedial goals of Gladue, those who write reports or make submissions must be knowledgeable not only of the key cultural and historical information central to Gladue, but also of the legal standards and current judicial comment on the form, content and structure of good Gladue reports,” said Dr. Jane Dickson. “IPS Gladue Writer training is dedicated to ensuring writers meet a high professional standard which respects Indigenous communities and advances the remedial goals of Gladue while meeting the needs of the courts.”

Indigenous Perspectives Society’s online learning experience will provide participants with the necessary skills, background and legal knowledge to enable writers to function with confidence working with the Gladue Report process and as a Gladue Report Writer in the Canadian criminal justice system.

Training begins October 2, 2017. For more information visit http://ipsociety.ca/gladue/.

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is a charitable and not-for-profit social enterprise that offers training programs and services that help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination. By creating excellence through training and leadership, we help strengthen lives and build successful relationships in our communities.

Beginning with a focus on Indigenous child and family service delivery through the     CARF International accredited Aboriginal Social Work training series, IPS has grown to include Cultural Perspectives Training, Adoption Online, Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous People, and more. By creating excellence though training and leadership, IPS has been supporting communities throughout British Columbia and across Canada for more than 22 years.

To learn more about Indigenous Perspectives Society visit http://ipsociety.ca/

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Media Contact:

Rachelle Dallaire, Associate Director, 250 391-0007

What Is Your Response To Truth and Reconciliation?

Media Release – January 24, 2017

To support Indigenous Perspectives Society’s (IPS) mission to provide culturally relevant training, research and policy that advances and strengthens lives of Indigenous peoples, IPS is seeking to meet with organizations that are in the process of developing and evaluating their responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action to assess knowledge needs.

“We want to hear from organizations in the early stages of planning their responses to the TRC Calls to Action to learn about how they are developing their responses, what their educational needs are, if their planning includes hiring Indigenous employees, and what they envision their indicators of success will be. Out of our assessment process, participating organizations will receive a suggested action plan,” said Linda Lucas, Executive Director for Indigenous Perspectives Society. “Our Society cares deeply about the importance of Reconciliation for the well-being of Indigenous children and families, and we want to support and encourage organizations engaging in this process.”

Opportunity for participation is limited, with assessments scheduled to occur from February 6-10, March 6-10, and March 13-17. Interested organizations can contact Alesha Doran at aleshad@ipsociety.ca and 250 391 0007 ext. 260.

Participants in IPS’ Knowledge Needs Assessment will receive an email link to a confidential online survey, followed up with an in-person or telephone interview to assess organizational capacity in relationship to TRC Calls to Action response planning. Participation includes a 2-3 hour time commitment for the questionnaire and interview process. Participants will receive a summary of the Knowledge Needs Assessment with customized recommendations for their organization.

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is a charitable and not-for-profit social enterprise that offers training programs and services that help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination. By creating excellence through training and leadership, we help strengthen lives and build successful relationships in our communities.

Beginning with a focus on Indigenous child and family service delivery through the CARF International accredited Aboriginal Social Work training series, IPS has grown to include Cultural Perspectives Training, Adoption Online, Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous People, and more. By creating excellence though training and leadership, IPS has been supporting communities throughout British Columbia and across Canada for more than 22 years.

To learn more about Indigenous Perspectives Society visit http://ipsociety.ca/

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Media Contacts:

Linda Lucas, Executive Director, 250 391 0007

Alesha Doran, Business Development Coordinator, 250 391 0007 ext.260 and 250 857 4962